May 8, 2012

In Israel, African migrants under attack

We look at the rising tensions between citizens and asylum seekers.

Recent attacks against African asylum seekers in Tel Aviv are raising important questions for the state of Israel.

Advocates say the migrants are victims of racism, discrimination and decades of poor policy.

But some citizens and politicians argue the rising number of "infiltrators" – as they call them – is leading to crime and a fall in living standards.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to journalist Mya Guarnieri; Sanjeev Bery, Middle East Director at Amnesty International; Yohannes Bayu, Founder and Executive Director for the African Refugee Development Center; and David Sheen, Israeli filmmaker.

What do you think? What’s at the root of the attacks? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #AJStream.